- The national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, who clarified some comments he made in Osun state said he will not say anything to lower the esteem of the people of Osogbo
- Tinubu during a visit to the Ataoja of Osogbo’s palace to present his party’s candidate for the gubernatorial election said he had no reason to loot Osun’s treasury
- The media adviser to Tinubu, Tunde Rahman, alleged that the opposition parties have gone to town to ‘twist’ the APC leader’s remarks on that occasion
The national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, September 11, reacted to a protest by some Osun residents over his comments at the Osogbo monarch’s palace.
It was learnt that Tinubu during a visit to the Ataoja of Osogbo’s Palace to present his party’s candidate for the gubernatorial election, said he had no reason to loot Osun’s treasury.
Premium Times reports that the media adviser to Tinubu, Tunde Rahman, alleged that the opposition parties have gone to town to ‘twist’ the APC leader’s remarks on that occasion.
Rahman said: “This was intended to create bad blood among Asiwaju Tinubu, the highly respected Ataoja and the good people of Osogbo whom the APC leader holds in very high esteem.”
“For the avoidance of doubts, however, Asiwaju Tinubu did not disparage the people Osogbo in his remarks at the palace.”
While making clarifications on Tinubu remarks, he said: “What the APC leader said is that in vying for Osun governorship, the party’s candidate, Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola, is motivated by service and not by any selfish consideration.”
“He said for Oyetola, using the governorship, if elected, as an avenue for primitive wealth accumulation is the least of his considerations for the office. He recalls that Oyetola is an insurance guru who has been in the corporate world for over 30 years now. He founded and raised his company to the enviable level that it is today.”
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He further explained that Tinubu highly regards the Ataoja of Osogbo, the same way he views and relates to other traditional rulers, and could not have said anything to demean their respectable thrones.
Rahman added: “He will also not do or say anything to lower the esteem of the people of Osogbo. The report giving the impression that he disparaged them is concocted and should be totally ignored.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, called for support for the party’s candidate in the September 22 governorship election in Osun state, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.
Tinubu said in Lagos that Oyetola was the best man for the job and the one to beat in the race.
He said he was backing the renowned insurance guru and corporate player to help replicate the economic and infrastructure development witnessed in Lagos state in Osun.
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